ALLEN PARK, Mich. Sometimes a players opportunity comes from a teams desperation.
The Detroit Lions started the season with a four-man rotation at receiver of Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Titus Young and Ryan Broyles -- a superstar, a nine-year veteran and two promising second-round draft picks.
That group now consists of Johnson, Mike Thomas, Brian Robiskie and Kris Durham -- the star, two newcomers added in late October and a practice-squad player just elevated to the 53-man roster.
The Lions also have re-signed Michigan native Lance Long, who was released nine days before the season opener.
Its a much-different look for quarterback Matthew Stafford entering Sundays game at Green Bay.
We get three days of practice before the game, thats all we need, Stafford said, somewhat tongue in cheek, of the recent wide-receiver overhaul.
As Thomas put it, its been a whirlwind since his arrival from Jacksonville in a trade five weeks ago.
"It's a week-to-week league," ...